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Diebold And Offensive-Security Partner To Launch Ohio Education Initiative

Offensive-Security Ohio Chapter to provide free information security training for local industry leaders

05 April 2011
NORTH CANTON, Ohio – In a joint effort to educate local security leaders about the prevention of network hacking, Diebold, Incorporated (NYSE: DBD) has partnered with Offensive-Security to launch the Offensive-Security Ohio Chapter (OSOC). The first state-based chapter of Offensive-Security, OSOC will host free monthly forums to discuss best practices for information security, including the use of penetration testing and exploitation. 

The official training arm for the industry’s most-used penetration test, BackTrack, Offensive-Security is widely recognized as a leader in information security, training, certification, penetration testing and exploitation. Designed for security professionals of all technical abilities, OSOC forums will be led by Diebold security experts who have successfully completed Offensive-Security certifications, including the Offensive-Security Certified Expert (OSCE), the Offensive-Security Certified Professional (OSCP) and the Offensive-Security Wireless Professional (OSWP).

“We are thrilled to partner with Diebold to establish our first state chapter,” said Mati Aharoni, chief executive officer, Offensive-Security. “Staying one step ahead of hackers and other network threats requires constant vigilance, training and testing to identify vulnerabilities. Working with Diebold and leveraging the company’s vast experience in security, we look forward to educating Ohio’s security leaders about how to best protect their networks.”

By utilizing Diebold’s education facilities and experience as a leading security integrator, OSOC will provide its members with the tools they need to deploy an advanced information security program. 

“Diebold’s goal as an innovative security company is to share our resources and expertise to improve the state of security and awareness in Ohio,” said David Kennedy, director, information security, Diebold. “By partnering with Offensive-Security, we are directly helping to meet the current and emerging information security needs of our customers. The result of this collaboration will be more secure organizations that enhance operational efficiencies and increase return on investment (ROI) for security initiatives.”

The first OSOC forum, held Feb. 11, was comprised of security leaders from various corporations in Northern Ohio and provided an introduction to penetration testing and exploitation. The next forum is scheduled for April 8, and monthly events are planned throughout 2011. For additional information, please email
About Offensive-Security  
Offensive-Security, a leading penetration testing training firm, was created to provide cutting-edge training and consulting services to help organizations become more secure. Offsec not only utilizes the world’s leading penetration test distribution, BackTrack, but also provides the industry's most realistic training about penetration testing. The most respected name in information security training, Offensive-Security is the only official BackTrack training available that is written and taught directly by the developers. For more information, visit the company’s website at
About Diebold
Diebold, Incorporated is a global leader in providing integrated self-service delivery and security systems and services. Diebold employs more than 16,000 associates with representation in nearly 90 countries worldwide and is headquartered in Canton, Ohio, USA. Diebold is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘DBD.’ For more information, visit the company’s website at


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